CURRENT INITIATIVES

CONFLUENCE EXHIBITION

  • Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, North Carolina
  • January 28 – April 24, 2022

BIOLUMINESCENT THURSDAYS

  • Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, North Carolina
  • February 10, 17, March 3, 17, 31, and April 14

CONFLUIR : ecosistemas acuáticos y futuros especulativos

  • Facultad de Bellas Artes Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Sala de Exposiciones del Salon de Actos
  • Del 9 de febrero al 9 de marzo de 2022

The Algae Society has opened two new exhibitions Confluence at the Cameron Art Museum in the U.S. and CONFLUIR : ecosistemas acuáticos y futuros especulativos in Spain. Both exhibitions assemble algae from the microscopic scales of phytoplankton and chlorophytes to the giant kelp of the Pacific Northwest and the Sargassum blooms in the Atlantic Ocean. Together we embrace a sustainable and equitable path forward, aware of the human+algal relationships and their complex roles in climate change.

The trajectory of life changed over a billion years ago with the appearance of unicellular algae, which altered the earth’s atmosphere by producing oxygen. Those primitive organisms evolved, and today, algae contributes nearly 70% of the planet’s oxygen while absorbing up to half of the CO2. Humans and our ancestors have been walking the planet for six million years. When you compare the origins of algae lineage to humans it seems clear that we have a lot to learn and discover about algae, especially in this time of ecological and environmental crisis. The political and policy process alone is too slow to guide a deep search for understanding and interventions to save the planet and its species. In response, and as an interventionary practice, the diverse international group of artists, scientists, and designers that constitute the Algae Society seek to galvanize the human species to become enamored with algae as an active and diverse community member bound together in an interdependent system of organisms adapting to a rapidly changing planet. Our view ultimately adopts a posthuman philosophical position and practice with humans and algae as companion species.

Projects

Wild Sun Catchers

An audio visual experiment with algae world-making, about a kelp forest mermaid living by and within the Channel Islands in …
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Cultivating Collaboration

Nutrient runoff from industrial-scale agriculture combined with rapidly changing climate patterns has increased the severity and devastation from algae blooms …
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Exploration Center

Explore algae through digital microscopes, hand held magnifying glasses and our lightboard of algal forms. Browse our library of algae …
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Wall Cells

A cellular cabinet structure, inspired by seaweed cells otherwise invisible to the naked eye offer voyeuristic spaces that play with …
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Algae Sign

Are there signs that serve the public good about real dangers that are not apparent? These are signs that warn …
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Bioluminescent Thursdays

The exhibition interior and exterior window with an array of video projection mapping, VR and custom lighting effects, every other …
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Algae Reliquary

3D printed sculpture 23″ x 10″ Reliquary: a container or shrine in which sacred relics are kept.
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Pond Scum

Vinyl installation on museum windows The design for Pond Scum leans on high resolution microscopy images of algae …
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Anna Atkins Font

Created from photographic scans of Anna Atkins handwriting. Anna Atkins was a British botanist and …
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Desert Algae

Stop motion animation inspired by Dr. Juniper Harrower’s desert ecology research and Dr. Valerie Flechtner’s algal research in Joshua Tree …
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Ebb & Flow

Climate change through the lenses of Art & Science, extending from mid-July through mid-September 2019. This Summer research trip had …
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Bleaching Pocillopora

Climate change is the greatest global threat to coral reef ecosystems. Scientific evidence now clearly indicates that the Earth’s atmosphere …
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Cyanovisions

A transdisciplinary project combining video and bioart to explore narratives of human identity, symbioses with other species, and our rapidly …
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Bloom or Bust

A video of drifting images plucked from the internet reflecting an algal bloom or algae bloom as a rapid increase …
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Painting with Algae

Artist Jennifer Parker mixes calcium carbonate with spirulina (algae) powder, gum arabic*, and water to paint botanical style paintings phytoplankton.
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Phyto Heros

Design for fun and to explore phytoplankton as a STEM to STEAM research subject through an interactive game system designed …
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Oceanic Scales

Visitors to Oceanic Scales explore their role in maintaining a stable ocean ecology through a multi-sensory, interactive art & …
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Brisbane River Turtle

an algae bloom in Australia, where he spotted a Brisbane River Turtle (emydura macquarie signata) paddling through the lake. This …
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